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Oh my goodness. The San Antonio Spurs actually got blown out by a good team. The end of the world is near and the Los Angeles Lakers are going to the NBA Finals yet again! It is official!
All sarcasm aside, yes, the Spurs faltered badly on Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers at home, but let’s be honest, sometimes you need a swift kick in the butt like that to knock you off your mountain—in this case, the mountain being a 30-point thrashing of the Miami Heat.
The Spurs are still the best team in basketball, and have proven to be the most consistent squad this year.
The Grizzlies have remained consistently average for close to a decade now, sometimes falling into the lottery, other times sneaking into the playoffs only to be dismissed after the first round.
The Spurs and Grizz met before in 2004 in the first round of the playoffs, and it was not pretty, as San Antonio easily swept aside the then clean-shaven Pau Gasol and his squad.
Since then, the Grizzlies have gotten a little more athletic and certainly more balanced, but if they run into the Spurs in the first round, experience and smarts will be the defining traits that make this a quick series.